When working in construction, how often do you consider the materials being used and, more importantly, those being left behind?
It isn't a sector that most people contemplate when they think about being green and environmentally friendly yet, just like any other industry, they should play their part in going green.
Doing so can help the world, improve your business’ public image or simply boost morale. To this end, here are a few effective ways to improve your construction operations and go green.
In most cases, the majority of materials can be recycled. Wood, metal and plastic are common examples.
As the world increasingly looks for sustainability, the construction sector is one area that should be leading the way. It is one thing to have a sustainable building but the process itself should be equally beneficial.
Luckily, there are plenty of disposal options for construction sites to use and it’s important to remember that government rulings dictate that all construction projects In England with a valued of over £300,000 must have a site waste management plan (SWMP) in place.
This should outline what waste your site will produce, how it will be disposed of, who will be responsible for the disposal process and the details of site where your waste will be sent.
Construction waste disposal provided by Bywaters is just one example a carrier who will handle your waste disposal for you and, if used, would be included within relevant SWMPs.
As stated, most materials can easily be recycled but that is still no excuse to not be proactive in your initial choice. Some, such as concrete, are not known for being environmentally friendly being both difficult to make and reuse.
An alternative choice would prove beneficial in a number of areas and many modern buildings now use metals and glass far more widely in the designs. Aside from creating the modern look seen in sleek city or urban residences, this approach uses materials that can (and may have already been) recycled.
As this area becomes more important, being able to offer such environmental benefits will help your company appeal to those who hold this as a high priority. Many people are concerned about their carbon footprint and don't want to be the owner of an impacting build.
What can't be recycled?
There will always be certain areas of construction where recycling isn't as easy, such as when dealing with hazardous waste. Yet even here there is always something that can be done.
Specific companies and services deal with this waste safely and find other uses for it where possible. An environmental service, such as Bywaters, can advise you on the safest way to get rid of these sorts of materials so that you’re business is kept as green as possible.